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Opportunities for Connection ~ February 2018

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Featured Resource: 30 Days of Love & Side With Love Name Change

Standing on the Side of Love changes their name to Side with Love. Watch this video and read their webpage to find out why and get answers to frequently asked questions.

Thirty Days of Love 2018 is being observed Monday, January 15, 2018 through Wednesday, February 14, 2018, culminating on the 9th Annual National Standing on the Side of Love Day! Thirty Days of Love 2018 is an opportunity to lift up the ways Unitarian Universalists and many of our partner organizations are building and organizing by taking bold, courageous action for intersectional racial justice.

Each week they are sharing resources, tools and a reflection to support your work around building ecosystems, generative creation, endurance and commitment. Resources are updated on the Tuesday of each week with with more information. There are five weekly themes: week one - Growing the Ecosystem: week two - Good soil, good seeds; week three - Enduring the drought times; week four - A Renewing Harvest and week five - Lessons for Next Season.

Find resources at the sidewithlove.org website.

Amy Kent

Welcome Amy Kent, CER Event Coordinator

The Central East Region has some staffing changes we want to announce.

First we want to welcome Amy Kent, our new CER Events Coordinator, who started work on January 2nd. Amy is a committed Unitarian Universalist, who has a passion for planning and organizing events and programs. She has been a member of the UU Church of the South Hills in Pittsburgh, PA for twenty years. Learn more about Amy at her webpage.

And with the welcoming of Amy, we say good-bye to Sue Tabone, our regional administrator. Sue started out as the District Administrator for the St. Lawrence District and moved into the regional position after the regionalization vote in 2016. She is retiring to spend more time with her family, enjoy her garden and several other things – her list keeps growing!

In addition, the Central East Region is hiring a Field Staff Member as well to replace Joan Van Becelaere who is retiring. See the job posting.

Megan Foley

Better Together Blog: An Old Covenant in a New Way

You should have recently received information about the new formula the Unitarian Universalist Association will be using for congregational giving in the Central East Region beginning in July – a formula that uses your operating expense budget as a guide, rather than the number of members you have in your community. (Lots of information about this – including webinar/online discussion dates – can be found in your purple packet about the New APF or at the UUA APF pages)

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UU Leadership Institute Starts Spring Semester

Online Learning for Committed Lay Leaders and Religious Professionals

Healthy boundaries, communication, conflict navigation, covenant, mission, stewardship, building trust, adapting to change… are these concepts that you would like to bring more intentionally into your daily practice of Unitarian Universalism? The UU Leadership Institute offers a way there, with online courses designed for Lay Leaders and Religious Professionals to learn and grow in faith together. Team up with a few friends, board members, or colleagues for the learning to have the most impact.

We offer four Core Courses in Leadership Development: Centered Leadership (Part 1), Centered Leadership (Part 2), Strategic Leadership, Adaptive Leadership. Each course has 8 lessons. Complete the lessons at your convenience and hold conversations with your teammates as you advance through the course. This semester we’re also offering five courses in specialized topics in compassionate communication, faith formation, safer congregations, and spiritual companioning.

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News from the UUA

Has your congregation certified yet? It's not too late! Deadline is February 2 at 5 pm PT. Each year, all UUA member congregations are required to submit their annual Certification of Membership report online by the end of business on February 1.  You may file the report online, and review the Certification Worksheet for congregations, when you log in to the congregation's Data Services account online. An email detailing the process with a direct link that automatically logs you in was sent to every congregational president in November. You can learn more at the UUA website. And while you are in the system - please update your congregational leadership information at myuua.org as well!

Love Resists is now offering monthly webinars to support UUs doing justice work around resistance and criminalization. The next webinar is Tuesday, January 30 at 7pm ET. Find more info and an RSVP link on LoveResists.org.

Applications for the UU College of Social Justice 2018 Global Justice Summer Internship program are now open. Learn about the program and each internship opportunity at uucsj.org/internships. These opportunities are open to young adults between the ages of 18 and 25 who are passionate about social justice, so apply now!

Learn and take action at the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office’s Intergenerational Spring Seminar, “When Crisis Calls: Advancing Just Migration for All.” Explore how to have an impact locally and globally on issues that affect our daily lives. Speakers, presenters, and performers will address the global migration crisis and how individuals and congregations can be active in the quest for our world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all. The Seminar will take place in New York City April 5-7th, 2018 - find more information and register with discounted rates through January 22nd at www.uua.org/unspringseminar.

Spiritual Leadership in Communities of Faith: A Contemplative Retreat - Being a spiritual leader should be rich and rewarding work—for clergy, religious professionals, and lay leaders. But the continual tectonic shifts in the landscape of religion in America is making it difficult. That’s why nurturing your own spirituality is essential. To help you do just that, the Center for Congregational Spirituality is offering a spiritual leadership retreat, July 29 – August 3, 2018, at the Transfiguration Spirituality Center near Cincinnati, Ohio. This one-week contemplative retreat—designed for both lay and ordained spiritual leaders—will explore how the practice and ministry of spiritual direction can help you faithfully attend to the spiritual lives of others in your community of faith while staying grounded in your own relationship to the source of our being. The program is limited to 24 persons. In order to achieve a balance of roles, registration will be capped at 8 clergy, 8 religious professionals, and 8 lay leaders. The tuition is $1750, which includes a single room at the retreat center and all meals. Register before February 28, 2018, and receive an early bird discount of $500—use discount code EARLYBIRD when registering.

New publications from the UUA - The following new publications are now available: UU Views of Prayer an updated pamphlet. Also now available: Testimony: The Transformative Power of Unitarian Universalism, Living Revision: A Writer’s Craft as Spiritual Practice. December's Goodreads Book Club Pick is Daring Democracy: Igniting Power, Meaning, and Connection for the America We Want. Visit the Publications Page for details.

The UUA is hiring for several positions. Find job descriptions and application information at their Job Openings webpage. The Central East Region is hiring a Field Staff Team Member, see the job posting. The UUSC is hiring a new president and CEO.

Calendar Items and News

For events, webinars and congregation news and events visit the following pages:

Upcoming Events

  • Youth Ministry Connection Experiences


    From MidAmerica Events
    Looking for ways to engage your youth and youth advisors in a virtual experience which connects them to other youth in their area, and is grounded in UU
  • OMDUUMA Fall Retreat 2020


    OMDUUMA Fall Retreat 2020...
  • CER BIPOC Gatherings 92820


    From Central East Regional Group
    Join us for twice a month gatherings for BIPOC members of congregations.
  • Congregational Leaders Check-In SEP 30


    From MidAmerica Events
    We will respond directly to the challenges that congregations are encountering during this time of finding new ways to be in religious community.
  • Webinar Series "Unitarian/Universalism's Colonial Legacy: Are We an Imperial Faith?"


    From International Programs of the UUA
    This fall, the Unitarian Universalist Association's International Office will join with the International Council of Unitarians and Universalists and th...

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Testimony The Transformative Power of Unitarian Universalism

By Meg Riley

From Skinner House Books

A dynamic collection of personal stories from people whose lives have been dramatically changed by Unitarian Universalism.

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Daring Democracy Igniting Power, Meaning, and Connection for the America We Want

By Frances Moore Lappé, Adam Eichen

From Beacon Press

An optimistic book for Americans who are asking, in the wake of Trump's victory, What do we do now? The answer: We need to organize and fight to protect and expand our democracy.

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Centering Navigating Race, Authenticity, and Power in Ministry

By Mitra Rahnema

From Skinner House Books

A joint project of CARM and Skinner House Books, Centering is the first book to center the stories, analysis, and insight of Unitarian Universalists of color offering their religious leadership. Pre-order now! Books are due to arrive at our warehouse on 5/26/17.

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